A Show About Star Trek’s Khan is Reportedly Being Developed
Khan Noonien Singh, an extremely intelligent and dangerous superhuman, described as brilliant and ruthless, was a notorious enemy of the crew of the Enterprise, appearing for the first time in episode “Space Seed” of Star Trek.
In “Space Seed” we see Khan attempting to overrun the Enterprise, only to lose against Kirk. Not wanting them to be in a penal colony, the Enterprise leaves Khan and his followers on the planet Ceti Alpha V to start a new society, exiled from the rest of the world. However, shortly after their arrival, a neighbouring planet exploded, making Ceti Alpha V a barren desert planet. We don’t see Khan until 15 years later, in The Wrath of Khan, where he’s seeking vengeance against Kirk and the Enterprise crew.
In both the series and the movie, Khan was played by Mexican actor Ricardo Montalban, while in the Star Trek reboot (Star Trek into the Darkness) he was played by actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
As the character has had great impact on the Star Trek Universe, so it’s not surprising to learn that there might be a new tv series focused on this infamous character.
According to Geek Exchange, writer-director Nicholas Meyer will develop a prequel miniseries (or limited series) that will focus on what happened on those 15 years of exile, right after Kirk dropped Khan and his followers on Ceti Alpha V, concluding when the U.S.S. Reliant finds them (in The Wrath of Khan).
One can say Meyer knows what he’s talking about, Star Trek related, as he is known for his work in directing and writing, for the most part, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan back in 1982. Due to the success of the movie, and the fact that it was made with a lower budget than the original had, Meyer returned to the Star Trek franchise co-writing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and directing, and co-writing again, the last movie with the original crew, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Nothing about this new series has been official, this is solely based on anonymous sources and a cryptic announcement from Meyer about a “mystery Star Trek project [he] was working on”.
The character has had many flaws when it comes to being represented in the media, with a last name normally of South Asian/Middle Eastern origin, played by a Mexican Actor to later be white washed by an English actor. So, if this report turns out to be true, we can only hope that they’ll respect his Middle Eastern/South Assian heritage.
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The next Star Trek project to come our way is Star Trek: Discovery, which premieres this September 24 in CBS All Access for the US and Canada, and on September 25 in Netflix for the rest of the world.
Source: Geek Exchange.